Mill River's regional
premiere of One Toe in The Grave by Jack Sharkey reminds this
reviewer of Neil Simon's one liners and complicated
situations. I saw some excellent performances.
Business executive Jason Kingsley
played by Laurence Cagle rises up his company's corporate ladder by
faking a marriage to an imaginary wife bed-ridden with a rare
disease (marriage is one of his corporation's requirements to sit on
the board of directors).
Although Kingsley has finally found a real fiancée in
dental assistant Nicki Channing (Dana Damiani), things become
complicated when boss, T.B. Murdock (Alex Ness), arrives for
dinner on the same night the couple plans to elope.
Laurence Cagle performs the role of Jason , the business
executive who has more twists and turns of dialogue than you could
think of. His deliverance is top rate as always and this
veteran is always a pleasure to watch. You can forget not
having a good time when Laurence is on stage. He is the best!.
Dana Damiani adds just the right amount of sugar to make her persona
of the young fiancée believable. She has tons of lines, and
she has them down pat with a most enjoyable presentation . She
is a wonderful talent and pretty classy too. She bounces off
Cagle nicely and makes her character one of the best in the
As the wise-cracking maid Naomi, Kim Alessandro does a great job
as the harried maid who is desperately trying to please her
boss. Her going in and out of the kitchen really kept Kim busy
just running around, not to mention stepping in for the actress who
bowed out just 8 rehearsals before the play opened. Kim did an
awesome job having to learn over 100 lines of scripts and
blocking in a very short period. She's a trouper and never
lets her audience down. What a nice performance!!!
Jordan Cannady plays Doug, the doctor, who has had an affair
with Nicki, who is engaged to Jason. Jordan plays the doctor
role with substance and solid delivery of lines and facial
expressions were top rate.
Another nice performance was given by Alex Ness who plays Thorton.
This role gave Alex the opportunity to showcase his talents in a
more demanding role than I have seen him in before. He did a
great job with it, and his future shows should be interesting to
Pauline Carlson stands out as the ditzy blonde Poopsie who has a
better head on her shoulders than she lets on. Her one liners were
gems, and the audience loved her!. Great job!~
Your heart goes out to Gladys Cole as Vonga,
the jungle girl raised by ostriches who arrives toward the end of
the play She is better than her role allows and is a joy
to watch on stage and off stage is truly a very pleasant
gal. Nice job Gladys!!!
Jack Sharkey, the author, has a solid script, even though it may
be far fetched, its just light and crazy enough to make an enjoyable
evening of dinner and theater.
There are many light-weight laughs to be had in "One
Toe in the Grave." and you will be delighted that an able cast
spruces up the expired jokes in a most highly improbable plot which
concludes with a surprising twisted conclusion.
Don't miss this wacky comedy-farce directed by veteran director
Chuck Petitbon. Along with his wonderful wife Marcia, they provided
a most enjoyable production - one of the best that I have seen at
Mill River Dinner Theater.
Opening night was SOLD OUT!. Call now for reservations
which are required.
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Little Rhody Theater
MILL RIVER DINNER
Reservations: ( 401) 721-0909
One Toe In The Grave
Jan 17 - Feb 16, 2003
499 High Street
Central Falls, RI